Audit

People

Are all persons working on the task competent in Chainsaw Operations Level 1?

Are all members working on the task rested and hydrated?

Are all members on the task wearing the correct PPE?

Has the chainsaw been pre-started?

Power

Is there any power sources they may impact this task - Proximity to power-lines, power leads, etc?

What has been done to control the hazard?

Environment
What are the environmental conditions?

Rain: Are all members wearing the correct PPE for the task?

Rain: Are there any other controls associated with this?

Lightning: Postpone the job until safe or list additional controls

Lightning: Are there any other controls associated with this?

Wind: Is there a need to secure the tree to prevent movement?

Wind: Are there any other controls associated with this?

Heat: Ensure all crew members are rested and have regular drink breaks.

Heat: Are there any further controls associated with this?

Cold: Do all members have the correct PPE and ensure all members have rest breaks.

Cold: Are there any other controls associated with this?

Ensure all cuts are made with consideration to debris roll.

Slope: Are there any other controls associated with this?

Tree

Does the tree require securing to prevent rolling or twisting?

Is the cutting area clear of debris, fences, wire, etc?

Is the proposed work area escape route clear?

Draw or take a photo and use annotations to show planned cuts

Draw planned cuts
Take a photo and use annotations to show planned cuts
Other Hazards

Are there any branches/debris above the planned work area?

Are there any other hazards such as traffic, people, wildlife, biological?

Identify the controls for the above hazards

Completion

Are there any notes to make regarding this task?

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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.